RAIN or Shine coach Yeng Guiao challenged PBA commissioner Chito Salud to deliver fair officiating in the Philippine Cup Finals as promised, claiming that spotty officiating in Game Three pretty much ruined the Elasto Painters’ title hopes.
The Elasto Painters held a 70-61 lead early in the final quarter, but the defending champions managed to unload a blazing 28-10 windup to reverse the tide and clinch the win, giving them a formidable 3-0 lead on Sunday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The fiery Rain or Shine mentor said he’s disgusted with how the calls went against them just as the Elasto Painters were trying to prevent Talk ‘N Text from making a mighty comeback.
“This is the Finals and games are going to be won very closely. The difference is probably one or two possessions,” Guiao pointed out.
“Those possessions were I think, important for us but we did not get (the calls). Finals ito eh. Napakalaking bagay nung ganung mga tawag na dapat naman ibigay sa team,” he added.
The 53-year-old Guiao cited instances where rookie guard Chris Tiu lost the ball after being hit by Talk ‘N Text guard Jason Castro in transition that led to an easy basket at the other end.
Another play saw Paul Lee slapped with a foul even though Guiao said, he was just standing straight up against a driving Talk ‘N Text guard Ryan Reyes.
“I think the league has to take care of that (officiating). That is their responsibility. They promised us … nangako si commissioner ng fair officiating. Dapat panindigan nila iyun,” Guiao said.
“I’m challenging the league to look at those incidents. This is the Finals. Malaking bagay para sa amin yun. They didn’t give it (calls) to us. We tried our best but the referees ruined the nice game … or ruined our (title) chances at least,” he added.